Portsmouth counts itself in to initiative to boost maths skills

KEEN Cllr Rob Wood
KEEN Cllr Rob Wood
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PORTSMOUTH will spearhead this year’s National Numeracy Challenge.

The city council’s cabinet has approved plans for the city to launch the initiative once it is unveiled on March 12.

It aims to challenge negative attitudes towards maths and reduce the number of adults in the UK with low numeracy skills by over a million in the next five years.

In Portsmouth, this will be achieved by the council working with employers, colleges, community organisations and residents who want to achieve more.

Specific activities have not yet been announced.

Councillor Rob Wood, cabinet member for children and education, said: ‘I’m enormously proud that Portsmouth will be the first city to take the National Numeracy Challenge.

‘The cabinet’s decision reflects our commitment to raising levels of numeracy in the city and securing better outcomes for our residents.

This commitment is one shared by the council and its partners across the city, including all of the organisations working together as Shaping the Future of Portsmouth.’

The council will work with charity National Numeracy over the next few weeks to prepare for the challenge.

As part of the challenge, there will be an interactive website that assesses a participant’s numeracy skills and establishes which areas need improvement.

After the assessment, people can learn online using resources appropriate to their particular needs.